Below you’ll find the reviews written by all 12 of the regional finalists in The Stage Critic Search 2016, our competition to find the nation’s best undiscovered theatre critics.Each of the 12 shortlisted reviewers has, over the last couple of weeks, received mentoring from a leading theatre critic.Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle captured the very essence of the Christmas Truce with his stunning design.I know his family, friends, teachers and class-mates joining us today are extremely proud.
Talking about the experience, he said: “As cliched as it might sound, winning that competition has been life-changing for me, in some obvious, and some less obvious, ways.” Fargnoli, who is also a playwright, added: “Along with ‘strange’, the word I use most often to describe my experiences with Critic Search is ‘overwhelming’, but I mean them both in the most positive way.” The other two grand finalists in last year’s competition, Lee Anderson and Jafar Iqbal, also continue to contribute to the paper on a regular basis.
'What I found interesting was that both British and German football supporters had been visiting the site for many years, leaving scarves and other mementos in remembrance of those who played and those who died.
During the dedication ceremony for the Football Remembers memorial, Brigadier Steve Vickery, from the Army Football Association, read the famous verse from the poem For The Fallen, which begins with the line: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.”The 10-year-old, who helped to carve the year 1914 on the stone memorial last month, said: 'It was just an amazing experience and I will always remember the day.
So, to today’s ceremony and the creation of a lasting monument here at the National Memorial Arboretum.
I was personally delighted to join Theo Walcott in judging a design competition involving schools from across the country.